Sanctuary City in the City of Angels
Los Angeles is one of the few but growing number of cities attempting to nullify federal law, especially with gun rights and protecting the rights of citizens. The dangerous precedent comes after clear statutes against such nullification, including several in the 19th Century. Regardless, Sacramento has one of the worst collective historical memories and believes it can flout the national law.
The City of Los Angeles is little different, believing it can overturn federal statutes. The city refuses to work with ICE in its task of tracking down illegal immigrants.
Below we will track down some of the wider trends and their implications for LA and the greater politics of California and the nation. Regardless of the scope, such a precedent weakens the immigration laws and enforcement across the nation.
A History of LA’s Defiance
Los Angeles has been a de facto sanctuary city for years now. The city’s law enforcement only has a limited relationship with ICE and associated federal agencies. However, in the past year, they made it official. Earlier in 2017, according to NPR, the city formally declared itself a sanctuary city. The city sued the nation’s Justice Department in concert with other sanctuary cities across the country.
This followed an effort by the Trump Administration to limit funding for areas that refused to enforce immigration laws. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that the policy makes the city less safe. He said that since 2014, LA saw an increase in violent crime. This comes after a nationwide trend of declining crime.
Los Angeles also has an almost unique issue with gangs. Sessions believe that enforcing the law will reduce this crime and make the city and the state safer. However, city officials don’t seem to agree. It’s only a matter of time to see this issue grow and possibly explode over immigration.
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Driving Directions from City of Los Angeles DTLA to Ehline Law Firm.
Commute 7 min (0.9 miles) via S Broadway and S Hill St in heavy traffic, as usual from Los Angeles, California.
- Head northwest on W 1st St toward N Spring St 0.1 mi
- Turn left onto S Broadway 0.2 mi
- Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto W 3rd St 410 ft
- Turn left onto S Hill St 0.3 mi
- Turn right onto W 5th St
- Destination will be on the right 0.2 mi